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Fri Jun 8, 2018, 08:17 PM

He calls himself pro-labor. But he laid off campaign workers trying to unionize

Source: The Miami Herald

WASHINGTON
David Richardson, the self-styled progressive Democrat seeking to replace Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Congress, says he stands shoulder-to-shoulder in solidarity with his campaign staff after they became the first political campaign in Florida to unionize last week.

But there are fewer campaign workers standing with Richardson today. That's because he laid off eight paid campaign employees at the end of a contentious months-long unionization effort.

"David wanted to be able to fire anyone at will and that wasn’t acceptable to us," said Isaiah Ghafoor, who worked as a field organizer for Richardson from March until he was one of eight Richardson staffers laid off two weeks ago. "Two days after a heated bargaining session, seven field organizers were laid off and the finance manager."

Though the unionization effort was ultimately successful, the timing of the layoffs and the Richardson's campaign's argument to staffers that existing Florida labor laws were sufficient enough to protect staffers' rights contrasts with public statements by his campaign that he will "oppose efforts that are anti-union or that weaken the ability to organize and bargain collectively" if elected to Congress.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article212822109.html

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Reply He calls himself pro-labor. But he laid off campaign workers trying to unionize (Original post)
Jose Garcia Jun 2018 OP
marble falls Jun 2018 #1
appalachiablue Jun 2018 #5
TomCADem Jun 2018 #2
Jose Garcia Jun 2018 #3
pecosbob Jun 2018 #4
SharonClark Jun 2018 #6
LeftInTX Jun 2018 #7
brush Jun 2018 #8
aggiesal Jun 2018 #10
Paka Jun 2018 #11
Cal Carpenter Jun 2018 #12
WhiskeyGrinder Jun 2018 #13
Maxheader Jun 2018 #9

Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Fri Jun 8, 2018, 08:20 PM

1. New motto: The Regressive Progressive!

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Response to marble falls (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 8, 2018, 08:50 PM

5. +1 "RPs"

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Fri Jun 8, 2018, 08:26 PM

2. Who is he running against? Is this for a primary?

Or, is this for the general?

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Response to TomCADem (Reply #2)

Fri Jun 8, 2018, 08:32 PM

3. The leading candidate in the primary is Donna Shalala

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Fri Jun 8, 2018, 08:38 PM

4. Save us from the Corporocrats

We've no cake to eat.

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Fri Jun 8, 2018, 09:07 PM

6. That is just strange

Campaign work is temporary and intense. I've never been or met a campaign worker who has time to organize a union.

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Response to SharonClark (Reply #6)

Fri Jun 8, 2018, 10:50 PM

7. Laura Moser did it in Texas more or less as a PR stunt.

It lasted two months

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Response to SharonClark (Reply #6)

Sat Jun 9, 2018, 06:57 AM

8. My thoughts too. That's a job that doesn't last.

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Response to SharonClark (Reply #6)

Sat Jun 9, 2018, 02:50 PM

10. Farmer workers are temporary and intense, ...

yet Cesar Chavez organized the Farm Workers Union.

I see no difference.

There are professional campaign workers that move from campaign to campaign that should be unionized.

If farm workers can do it, than campaign workers can do this as well.

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Response to aggiesal (Reply #10)

Sat Jun 9, 2018, 06:31 PM

11. Thank you...

for that reminder!

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Response to aggiesal (Reply #10)

Sat Jun 9, 2018, 07:28 PM

12. Yep they probably need protections even more than a lot of workers

It is easier to exploit temporary/seasonal/precarious workers.

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Response to SharonClark (Reply #6)

Sat Jun 9, 2018, 10:22 PM

13. Several unions of campaign workers have organized and been recognized across the country.

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Sat Jun 9, 2018, 07:05 AM

9. See so much of this now..

dinos...groomed by professions to appeal to braindead "progressives".
a nice word to sound hip. hip being the impeach trump movement.
isn' it in the 1st amendment?

Definition of Right to Organize. Collective bargaining allows workers to demand better working conditions from their employees. While most labor groups have the right to organize, protected by the National Labor Relations Act, farm workers are excluded from this law.


The First Amendment has been read to protect freedom of association, and the 1935 National Labor Relations Act recognized the “right to self-organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations,” but in reality, the opportunity to organize is a right without a remedy.Feb 29, 2012

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